Is it really April Fools’ Day and not Christmas Eve Eve? Is this the cruelest month, not the winter wonderland month?
In the next few days as the attention shifts from the political to the personal we expect skulduggery to reign supreme. The travesties to come we can only imagine now that Obama and Obama’s Dimocrats have at least a week of “Friday Dump Day” opportunities.
We know that tomorrow, as shoppers (those with jobs) head to buy gifts and the networks of travel are filled with “Home For the Holidays” voyagers, Senate Dimocrats will be busy. Not only will there be a vote to advance the Obama health scam there will also be a new debt ceiling authorized.
The measure, passed last week by the House of Representatives, would increase the debt limit, now at $12.1 trillion, by $290 billion.
Senate Democrats may approve the measure largely by themselves because most, if not all, Republicans are expected to vote against it, Republican aides said. Democrats control the Senate, 60-40.
The good news is that Dimocrats were not able to raise the debt ceiling as much as they wanted. That’s what passes for good news this
Democratic leaders had hoped to raise the limit by at least $1.8 trillion, enough to ensure they would not have to revisit the issue before the November 2010 congressional elections. But they were unable to agree on measures that lawmakers had hoped to attach to the legislation to control the debt. The two-month hike provides more time to reach a deal.
The government posted a record $1.4 trillion deficit in the fiscal year ended September 30 and is on track this year to spend at least $1 trillion more than it collects.
The vote to raise the debt ceiling only $290 billion was the result of a deal between Senate Republicans and Dimocrats:
Senate Republicans agreed Tuesday to allow a Christmas Eve vote on raising the federal debt ceiling but are insisting on a 60-vote supermajority for passage, a precedent that could come back to haunt both parties in the future.
Debt ceiling votes are inevitably partisan but high-stakes ventures, and this is even more so today, since failure risks throwing the government into default at a time when Washington relies on foreign investment to help finance its burgeoning deficits.
For this reason, the long-standing bipartisan Senate practice has been to require only a simple majority on free-standing bills to raise the debt ceiling. Tuesday’s agreement breaks new ground, establishing that 60 votes will be needed for passage on this week’s debt vote and another to be debated in January.
Republicans are hypocrites with their complaints of raising the debt ceiling but the good news is that they are at least doing something to impede the hemorrhage of money. It is sad that such harsh measures, such as a 60 vote threshold, must be deployed in order to debate fiscal waste, but it is April and the fools are in charge.
More raises for the debt limit are in store and maybe some sanity will someday prevail. But don’t expect sanity or the fools to be rousted soon. This April Fools’ Day might last years.
Pending in the Senate already is a second House resolution raising the ceiling by about half this, or $925 billion. It’s now anticipated that this measure will be called up Jan. 20 and amended by Democrats to set a new unspecified target. And as part of Tuesday’s agreement, 11 potential amendments will be made in order, including five backed by Republicans. [snip]
A 60-vote threshold is also established for this amendment to be added, and the confrontation sets the stage for what could be a game-changing debate on fiscal policy — all within days of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and the release of his new 2011 budget in February.
We don’t really expect a “game-changing debate on fiscal policy”. We do expect a lot of flowery words, which will add up to a bunch of lies, and promises and more promises on top of promises.
All the promises will be broken however. The latest bit of news this April, just before Christmas, has to do with the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Remember, Obama promised in January to close that durn thing down?
As a result, officials now believe that they are unlikely to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer its population of terrorism suspects until 2011 at the earliest — a far slower timeline for achieving one of President Obama’s signature national security policies than they had previously hinted.
Here at Big Pink we are not surprised at all. We wrote today’s news back on January 12, 2009. Our crystal ball is still working it seems. This is what we wrote:
When Obama made his campaign promise to close Guantanamo the situation was just as complex as it is today. If anything the actual issue itself should be less complex because there has been so much more time to think about Guantanamo. Obama is simply hedging his bets and flim-flamming Americans with flowery words. Obama can’t be trusted.
The Obama flim-flams are very easy to predict. If Obama says it’s a sunny day, look out your window because it is snowing or raining. If Obama says “I didn’t campaign on the public option” you can bet he campaigned on the public option.
Well, looky here, Obama did say yesterday “I didn’t campaign on the public option”.
In the interview, Obama vigorously defended the legislation, saying he is “not just grudgingly supporting the bill. I am very enthusiastic about what we have achieved.”
“Nowhere has there been a bigger gap between the perceptions of compromise and the realities of compromise than in the health-care bill,” Obama said. “Every single criteria for reform I put forward is in this bill.” [snip]
Those elements are in the House and Senate versions of the legislation; their competing proposals will have to be reconciled in conference committee next year. The House bill includes a government-run insurance plan favored by progressive Democrats; the Senate version does not. “I didn’t campaign on the public option,” Obama said in the interview.
Even the Hopium guzzlers at the Gabor sister website are laughing at that Obama lie. In August, those Hopium guzzlers posted video after video and document after document (including from the Obama campaign promise website) detailing Obama’s lies on health care.
Our favorite category of Obama health care lies is the one about how he would block lobbyists and beat up on Big Pharma – before he made the deals with Big Pharma lobbyists.
And we can’t forget the attacks on Hillary over mandates. Obama was against mandates before he was for mandates. Hillary’s mandates made sense because they were part of a well thought out plan for health care and she would have fought for her sensible plan.
Expect more Obama lies in the coming week while Americans are distracted with family and deteriorating finances. Obama and the Dimocrats think Americans are fools. So expect more scams, bigger scams, scamier scams, before the new year.
The calendar says it’s December, but for Obama and his Dimocrats, it’s always April.